5 Facts About Atrios (Party Lines Guest)

Tonight at 10 PM, Duncan Black – better know by his pseudonym “Atrios” – joins comedians Max Barth and Joe Messina on the political comedy extravaganza Party Lines. Here are some facts you should know about the popular political blogger.

1. He has 28.2 thousand Twitter followers

When he’s not writing about 10 blogs per day on his site Eschaton, Atrios tweets about everything from politics to cheesesteaks. He has the 33rd most popular Twitter account in all of Philadelphia.

2. He inspired a character on The West Wing

A fictional version of Atrios appears in the Season 7 episode Welcome to Wherever You Are, where he is described as having “almost as many readers as The Philadelphia Inquirer.”

3. He’s a former economics professor with a PhD from Brown

Before he started blogging, Atrios worked at the London School of Economics, the Université catholique de Louvain, and the University of California, Irvine.

4. He made the idea of expanding Social Security acceptable

His trio of columns for USA Today on the subject of Social Security expansion have been credited as heavily influencing national policy conversations around the issue.

5. He forced a Senate Majority Leader to step down

Black’s posts triggered Trent Lott, the former U.S. Senator of Mississippi, to step down after he called out Lott for claiming that the country would be better if it had followed a fellow segregationist.

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